‘Enormous sadness’ as home care provider to close with 280 job losses

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A Suffolk care provider is set to close after nearly 150 years, with 280 members of staff expected to lose their jobs.

All Hallows Health Care Trust said that it is with “enormous sadness” that all services are likely to close as it has now become “impossible” to balance income and costs on an ongoing basis.

Founded by Lavinia Crosse, the daughter of a Norwich surgeon, the trust has been providing care for people in the town of Bungay since 1872.

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It operates a hospital, nursing home and domiciliary service, which was launched in 2009, shortly after befriending and meals on wheels services were introduced.

“All Hallows has a proud history of serving the local community over the last 147 years but despite impressive development and improvements over the last 18 months e.g. achieving GOOD CQC ratings in all departments and developing new services, we cannot see a way to remain open as reserves are running out,” All Hallows said on its website.

A 45-day staff consultation has now begun and the board of trustees said that the care of patients and clients will remain “of paramount importance”.

“We are engaged in detailed planning with their commissioners of care to identify and arrange alternative care for them and to minimise disruption to them. We will continue to communicate directly with them and their families over the coming weeks so that we can satisfy all of their needs,” the board said.

Sue Cook, executive director of Peoples Services at Suffolk County Council said that all services will be transferred to another care provider.

 “We would like to reassure those affected by this news that we are currently exploring a range of options to ensure that care and support continues without disruption,” she said.

“Staff from the health and care commissioners have been at All Hallows’ sites to answer any queries or concerns that may arise. Commissioners are also phoning those affected to introduce themselves and explain what will happen now, which has been followed up with a letter. We will continue to keep people updated.

“The impact on staff at All Hallows will also be a key factor as we consider all options for service continuity.”

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